Force India’s surprise performance in last year’s Belgian Grand Prix has been voted 2009 ‘LG Moment of the Year’ by more than 88,000 F1 fans worldwide.
The award, given in association with F1 Racing magazine and the Formula One Team’s Association (FOTA), recognised Giancarlo Fisichella’s performance last August, when he put his Force India on pole position and kept the eventual winner, Kimi Raikkonen, in his sights all the way to the chequered flag.
The fans survey was conducted over a two week period in February 2010, and the Force India performance secure 19.77% on the vote. Jenson Button’s championship winning driver at Interlagos was second placed, with 15.10% of the vote and Brawn GP’s one-two debut finish at Melbourne got 12.01% of the vote to get the third position.
Dr. Vijay Mallya has fond memories of that weekend. “It’s a real honour that genuine fans of the sport see our podium and pole position as their highlight of last year’s classic season of racing. I believe it was the real spirit of the team in the face of adversity and ultimate triumph that stood out in people’s minds.
“Everyone loves when something unexpected happens in F1 and after our relatively quiet start to the year to arrive in Belgium, start on the front row and then finish on the podium seemed to come out of nowhere for the fans. They could also see the real joy etched in each and every one of the team’s faces. For me it shows that fans see that exhilaration and appreciate the hard work that got us there. This award is really for all of the team and on behalf of them, many thanks to all the voters and to LG.”
Full results of this survey can be found in the April edition of F1 Racing magazine, available now.